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Foolscap 12 - A very productive three days

clock September 28, 2010 13:57 by author Amber

Here I am on the back side of a convention that has just wrapped up. Perhaps I should mention that this is my first Foolscap ( and really kind of snuck up on me. It's a small convention down in the Redmond Town Center Marriot with a focus on writing and the visual arts.

"Her Return" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Her Return" for the "Reunions"
by James A. Sullivan.

Friday's first panel, "New Types of Artwork", put me into an interesting position. Especially when you consider this was my first time being a panelist. Out of the three other people who were panelists with me, I was the only one there. On the bright side, I only had one attendee, so it was all good. ;) We actually had a really good conversation about the creative process I utilize and how I've built some of the more complex images, such as "Her Return". For being a two woman show, so to speak, it went well.


Friday night, Becca, a fabulous cook, friend, and owner of the Night Kitchen in Seattle, introduced me to Emma telling her that I was the one who took all of those photos in her restaurant. That lead to a find meeting of collaboration after the panel about collaboration. I'm actually very excited about this project and have already started laying the ground work for it.

"On Edge" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"On Edge"

The second Friday panel, "Biology of the Undead", was much better attended. In addition to all of the panelists showing up, we had 10 attendees and the discussion was lively. We established the different kinds of zombies we seen in zombie fiction. Romero zombies, named after George Romero, are slow and shambling and first showed up in Night of the Living Dead, while Boyle zombies, named for director Danny Boyle, are fast moving, chaos and destruction on two legs. We even had the discussion of whether or not Boyle zombies counted as zombies, as they weren't dead, though the type still stands as other directors, most notable Zach Snyder used the fast moving zombies in his Dawn of the Dead remake. Of course, we gave some love to the classic voodoo zombie. Mention of a new type of zombie even came up: the Grant Zombie, named for author Mira Grant. Grant Zombies start off fast when they're freshly dead and get slower as their bodies begin to break down. Of course, we also talked about where zombies come from.

Saturday's panel, Collaborating for Fun and Profit, was a lot of fun actually. Cory and Catska Ench provided a great deal of feedback about how they work together. Nate Crowder spoke to his efforts to collaborate, including work he's done with editors putting together anthologies. Will Shetterly and Emma Bull talked about what it was like to work together as husband and wife on a project and then Emma regaled us with stories of her work on Shadow Unit as executive producer of the series. We talked tools and methods, from wikis to hand delivering fictional letters to your collaborator.

Saturday was a day of discussion and debates, some good and some that I'll just say happened if you get my meaning. This isn't to say it was a bad thing, but it was a bit intense at times for a two hour chat in con suite. But I can't complain too much as I had an invite to a scotch and chocolate tasting party with pushed friendly conversation for the next couple hours. I discovered that I don't really car for scotch (not a big surprise) but I do love my dark chocolate (you can at least act surprised, right?). In spite of my whiskey revelations, I had fun and I'm glad I went to the tasting.

"Emma Bull at Foolscap 12" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Emma Bull Hiding Behind David Howe" Shot with my sketchpad.

Because life is cruel sometimes, I was awake by 6:00 am on a Sunday and up getting ready to go by 6:30 am. This was not a bad thing in its entirety; I did get a nice piece of street parking right next to the hotel. This also afforded me time to sit in on other panels and network. The panel was "What Do Editors Do", which was some invaluable insight into the publishing industry. With both Tribal Markings in the beginning stages and Over the Edge, Year One mostly in a finished state, I feel a little more knowledgeable in what I'm going to have to do to see these forward.

My last official panel was Packing Your Sketchbook. I presented my iPhone and said, "This my sketchpad." This was the panel that I contributed the least to. I think I was one of the few if not only professional photographers there, but I got a lot out of the panel and had a lot of fun with the conversation.

After Nanobites, the traditional brunch at Foolscap, I hung out in the common area, chatting with Kat Richardson about many and sundry things. She had some excellent practical advice for Tribal Markings which made we really happy. (And I acted on that advice last night.)

I had a wonderful time and would certainly go back again in the future if they'd have me. I got to meet a lot of cool people like Kat, Emma, Sue, Sara, David, Nick, Jana, Eleanor, and many more who I cannot remember right now.

Edit: David Howe's name is actually Dave Howell. I've fixed that.

Grants Pass - Epilogue: The Journey Begins

clock May 21, 2010 11:48 by author Amber

Sometimes my muse pokes other people in the loop too and, frankly speaking, that tickles me something fierce. I've always felt that photography is a collaborative process between the photographer and the subject. There's even more collaboration that can happen when there are other creative types in involved. You know, like writers and editors. When Jennifer Brozek, an award winning editor, author, all around amazing person, and the creator of Grants Pass, saw my original piece, she loved it. And then she got this look on her face. If you've ever worked with an author, painter, filmmaker, or someone other creative individual, you know what looking I'm talking about. I get that look, who am I kidding? But Jennifer came back to me and said, "What about this idea? Could you produce something like that?"

What idea was that, you ask?


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 Did I mention I love my work?

Grants Pass - Epilogue

clock May 16, 2010 21:56 by author Amber

As a photographer who works with editors and authors, sometimes I find that we don't necessarily share the same vision for an image. That happens and it's not the end of the world when it does. Sometimes, I just nail it and a smile creeps over their face as they nod, taking it all in. Often, I'll shoot many more photos than needed and many of those won't see the light of day ever.

Yesterday, my muse hit me at while I was walking out the door, an idea about telling a portion of the story in a more non-traditional way; the comic book panel. Very specifically, using a number of photos I took for Grants Pass (Morrigan Books, Amazon). Some of these photos saw use in trailer and again here.

Here's the result of my muse grabbing me by the hair and saying, "Listen up!" It was inspired by the epilogue of the book, "Journal Entry" by Kaylee Allard.

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There are a couple of other stories from the anthology that I want to give this treatment to include "An Unkindness of Ravens" by Stephanie Gunn and "Remembrance" by James M. Sullivan. Maybe one or two more beyond those.

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